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FILE - This file photo released Friday, April 19, 2013 by the Federal Bureau of Investigation shows Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings. Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev are asking a judge to dismiss indictments and put proceedings in the case on hold over concerns about the jury selection process in federal court. (AP Photo/Federal Bureau of Investigation, File)

Marathon bombing suspect’s lawyers seek dismissal

Friday, August 22, 2014

Lawyers for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev asked a judge yesterday to dismiss indictments against the Boston Marathon bombing suspect and put on hold further proceedings in the case over concerns about the process of selecting jurors in federal court. Tsarnaev’s attorneys said in a motion that a three-year review they conducted into the makeup of both grand juries and trial juries in the District of Massachusetts turned up “substantial violations” of both the federal jury selection law and a constitutional requirement that juries represent a fair cross section of the population. Specifically, the lawyers cited an underrepresentation of African-Americans and people older than 70 on juries. Prosecutors … 0

Concord man charged in Bicentennial Square stabbing

Thursday, August 21, 2014

A 28-year-old Concord man was arrested and charged with nonfatally stabbing another man about 1 a.m. Tuesday in Bicentennial Square. Christian Economides was arrested yesterday afternoon and was charged with a felony of second-degree assault, the police said in a statement. He was initially arrested Tuesday and charged with resisting arrest and possession of controlled drugs. But the police said they lacked enough … 1

U.S. judge strikes down Florida gay marriage ban

Thursday, August 21, 2014

A federal judge yesterday declared Florida’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, joining judges across the country who have sided with gay couples wishing to tie the knot. U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle in Tallahassee ruled that the ban added to Florida’s constitution by voters in 2008 violates the 14th Amendment’s guarantees of equal protection and due process. Hinkle issued a stay delaying the … 0

Fourth Northfield meth suspect pleads guilty, sentenced to year in jail

Monday, August 11, 2014

A 26-year-old woman was sentenced yesterday to a year in jail for helping sustain a Northfield meth lab. Amanda Warner of Keene pleaded guilty to three related counts and, under a plea agreement with county prosecutors, was sentenced to three concurrent 12-month jail terms. She had already served … 0

State police track alleged motorcycle thief going up to 185 mph

Monday, August 11, 2014

A 31-year-old Massachusetts man was arrested yesterday after authorities said they tracked him driving a stolen motorcycle upwards of 185 mph on Interstate 93 in Canterbury. Daniel Thibeault of Swansea, Mass., has been charged with reckless conduct, receiving … 0

FBI opens investigation into St. Louis shooting

Monday, August 11, 2014

The FBI opened an investigation yesterday into the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager whose death stirred a night of unrest in a St. Louis suburb. Many questions loomed over the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown, who … 0

Judge extends temporary halt to Ohio executions

Monday, August 11, 2014

A freeze on capital punishment in Ohio will continue into 2015 after a federal judge extended a monthslong moratorium on executions as questions mount about the effectiveness of a new, two-drug combination being used to carry out the … 0

3 teens killed, 1 hurt in New Hampshire car crash

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Three teenagers have been killed and one has been badly injured after a driver lost control of a car and hit a tree in Unity. The state police said the driver was heading on West Unity Road at a high rate of speed when the driver lost control, … 0

Killing of unarmed Missouri man draws criticism

Sunday, August 10, 2014

An 18-year-old black man shot multiple times by a suburban St. Louis police officer was unarmed when he died, the police said yesterday, as hundreds of local residents protested and a civil rights leader expressed outrage at the … 0

Man accused of poison attempt to get evaluation

Saturday, August 9, 2014

A competency evaluation has been ordered for a man accused of trying to poison two family members in New Hampshire. The police said 50-year-old Wayne Hasnohorse is facing two charges of assault after he allegedly put something toxic in a jug of drinking water. WMUR reported that he … 0

South Africa: Pistorius trial closing; verdict a month away

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Oscar Pistorius’s defense lawyer said the athlete’s shooting of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp was a “huge, unfortunate mistake” made after a noise that appeared to show an intruder was in the house. “He was desperate to save her,” Barry Roux said Friday during final arguments in the High Court … 0

Judge says property of Nathaniel Kibby, suspect in Abigail Hernandez kidnapping case, can stay put

Saturday, August 9, 2014

A judge has ordered investigators to leave in place a trailer and a large storage container belonging to a man charged with kidnapping a 14-year-old girl who disappeared while walking home from school but returned home nine months … 0

James Brady’s death ruled a homicide 33 years after shooting

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Monday’s death of former president Ronald Reagan’s press secretary James Brady has been ruled a homicide as a result of the gunshot wound he suffered in the assassination attempt on Reagan in 1981, more than three decades ago. … 0